Civil Service Test

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PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Fire and Rescue is not currently accepting any applications

The Fire Civil Service Board of the City of Reading, Pennsylvania will announce when applications are being accepted for the position of Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic in the Reading Fire Department.
Applications are available online and they are also available from either Fire Administration or Human Resources located in City Hall, 815 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601 or at the office of the Solicitor, Stephen H. Price, Esquire, 520 Walnut Street, Reading, PA 19601.
Please refrain from contacting Fire Administration by phone. If you have questions that are not covered on this website, submit them HERE.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and must hold a valid driver’s license. Applicants for Paramedic must be Eastern PA Emergency Medical Services Council Medical Command or National Registry or PHRN.

The top 75 scores in both categories and those with Veteran’s Preference will move forward with the physical agility testing. Applicants passing on to the physical agility testing will be notified in writing. Remaining test dates to be determined.
The nine (9) part physical ability test requirements are available HERE
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
The following information details the Civil Service testing process.
  • Competitive Process 
  • Fire Civil Service application - $50.00 Fee - Applications not currently being accepted
  • Written Examination – time/place to be announced when application is returned
Top 75 scores in both categories and those with Veteran’s Preference will proceed

  • Oral Interview for those that have passed all previous testing 
  • Eligibility list compiled 
  • Conditional Offer of Employment 
  • Medical Examination 
  • Background Check – includes driving history and credit check 
  • Appointment from Eligibility List 

Description of entry level positions

  • Probationary period of 12 months, during which time new employees will receive all necessary training as specified by the Department. 
  • Entry level salary - $39,980 (throughout the probation period) 
  • Two day, two night, four off platoon schedule 
  • Healthcare (Co-Pay) 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Paid Vacation (14 days) 
  • Paid Sick Leave 
  • Pension Plan 
  • Holiday pay for 10 annual holidays 
  • Annual uniform/clothing allowance (currently $700.00) 
  • One set of turnout gear 
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